The 1980’s had more major events than we can list. Ronald Reagan’s election, the hostages in Iran, The Iran-Iraq war and yet for those in the Pacific Northwest the most significant event occurred on May 18 1980 when Mount St. Helen’s erupts.
- 1981-1983: The Engineering Director at Technical Help Incorporated (Thinc!) was asked by the President of Kimber Of Oregon, a Firearms Manufacturing company, Jack Warne, to help his son Greg Warne with Kimber. The project priority was to help with the re-design of existing products and the re-launch of the Australian firearms manufacturing company (Sporting Arms or Sportco). Jack had founded Sportco in Adelaide, South Australia, following World War II. The priority was to make a new family of small center-fire rifles and the manufacturing processes necessary to achieve the high quality level of the Kimber Modle-82 rim fire rifle. The new rifle design was first successfully chambered in 22-Hornet, having additional calibers to follow using the same basic design that quickly built a reputation for extremely accurate family of 22 caliber rifles.
- 1984 The President of Redwing Ventures would contract Operations and Engineering services from Thinc! and become involved in several company acquisitions and mergers as the liaison for engineering and manufacturing technologies transitions of the new acquisition’s and merged companies.
- 1985 Thinc! acquired a significant portion of, and controlling interest of the Trader’s Tactical Corporation (TTC), a division of Redwing Ventures, as partial payment of the support from Thinc! This acquisition would put one of the Technical Help Incorporated owners on the board of directors and part of the executive management team at Traders Tactical Corporation.
- 1986 The Traders Tactical Company (TTC) would launch an International Tactical Supplies and Services Sales Catalog. The new sales and service department would be specifically designed to support the Law Enforcement industry; however, a more interesting fact was that the new department was ‘manned’ by the spouses of Law Enforcement Officers bring a totally new connection between the users and the support people. This catalog also became one of the primary communications hubs for Agency training programs and special events notifications throughout the Western United States.
- 1987 thru 1988 The new TTC sales division would be awarded Colt’s Manufacturing Company’s most products sold placard, for two years in a row. More notable was that these awards still took place during Colt’s self-imposed ‘Black-Gun’ sales ban in the USA after severe pressure from the anti-gun lobbies. The new innovative management team at TTC incorporated would launch the “Aladdin’s Lamp” sales program throughout the United States Law Enforcement and Agency organizations. “Old Guns for New” was the winning pitch for two years. This was a ‘Straight-Trade’ program involving no agency money, so no need to try and get finance appropriations for firearms from the voters.
- 1988 The executive management of Trader’s Tactical Company and Thinc! Engineering were asked to, and accepted, the management responsibility for Covert Night Vision Systems Intl. (CNVS) and would transfer all manufacturing and engineering operations to Grants Pass, Oregon.
- 1988 CNVS would develop the first multi-frequency vision system for special underwater-vision applications. The new multi-frequency innovations would be incorporated into unique frequency illumination devices launch able from a wide verity of devices, and could sustain invisible/Silent flight for longer periods of time than any current product. This multi-frequency illumination technology was also incorporated into several variations in viewing and camera systems capable of remote tuning to match each unique frequency. This technology would be controlled by the US Government, and the technology would be moved to one of the larger US Military contractors.
- 1988 The CNVS Engineering team would create the world’s smallest aiming laser, developed in conjunction with Mossberg for fast access shotgun pointing for Mossberg’s military models 500, 590, and 590A1, the only pump-action shotguns to meet all U.S. Military MIL-SPEC 3443 requirements. The CNVS innovation in the micro-laser family was the first to incorporate micro-chip controlled Mini-Laser-Diode illumination through superior optics in a contact DC-powered housing. The unit measured 1.1-inches long and .5-inches in diameter.
- This paradigm in Laser-Aiming systems would solve not only the original Client’s needs, but also set new standards for the small arms aiming and the surveying industries. The military configurations would have fully adjustable visibility frequencies promoting ‘assault-team-only’ providing visibility control. CNVS would also became one of the largest supplier of laser Pointers as part of their Less-Than Mil-Spec waterfall program, labeled as ‘The Latest Executive Toy’ and sold under the name Technical Help, Inc. through distribution sales networks such as the Sharper Image seen on all Major Airlines.
- 1988 Majority ownership of Redwing Ventures was acquired by the president and members of the co-op company’s part of TTC. Throughout the remaining 1980’s Redwing Ventures would acquire and/or merge with several related Law Enforcement, para-military and military agency supplier and/or service companies; so, would also change the publicly held company name from Redwing Ventures to Patco Industries, a Delaware registered company, yet headquartered in Oregon.
- 1988 Although the first crude flash-bangs / stun-grenades were invented in the 1970s, and used as a non-lethal method to temporarily disorient an enemy’s senses in hostage situations by producing a blinding flash of light and a loud “bang”; so, temporarily blinds and deafens anyone standing in their path. However, these early products also caused several injuries and fires resulting in their restriction from use by several state agencies.
- In late 1988 the first new company acquired by Patco Industries would be First American Counter Terrorist Systems, (FACTS) headquartered in Texas. FACTS was the first division to achieve a Certified Safe Flash-Grenade, released immediately to several agencies including SWAT and the FBI. What may be the first use by the Special Air Service’s counter terrorist wing (SAS) at Sandy Hook. With the help of Thinc! and others, this product would advance to much safer electronic devices later in the 1990’s using unique high-frequency sound frequencies, some of the most intense lighting systems, and some of the most unique disabling scents in the world.
- 1989 FACTS would perfect the first approved directional Door and Wall High Explosive-Detonator-Cord Shape Charge breaching systems. The FACTS product was capable of both fast positioning, and remote detonation. Working with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Linear shaped charge (LSC), and was awarded contracts for Flash-Grenade’s, and Breaching Systems by both the FBI and SWAT agencies. In addition to creating a malodorant, non-lethal weapon called ‘Skunk’ used for crowd control by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and marketed to military and law enforcement organizations around the world. A fast way to find the bad guy’s days after the event.